White Artists for Racial Justice is an effort to inspire and share cultural work which supports white people to move into action for racial justice. With our art, we intend to shed light on why it is of urgent importance for white people to work to end white supremacy. We are white cultural workers - musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers, theater performers, clowns, spiritual leaders and beyond - who believe our liberation is intertwined with the flourishing of the lives of people who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
We want our work to be publicly available to individuals and organizations who are taking concrete action to move white people against racism.
Thus, the vast majority of contributions here are available for free for public sharing. There are a few visual art pieces where you'll notice a link to make a donation to an organization on a crosslinked site. We encourage you to put everything here to use in service of organizing and community building. Creator names are included for crediting.
In our work, we are particularly exploring questions of what is at stake for us as white people in working for racial justice, and strategies that can help move us and our friends, families and communities out of shame and guilt to constructive action for change, from silence and denial to honestly and repair, from complicity to responsibility, from apathy to action for the long-haul.
As you explore the site and see a piece that moves you, ask yourself, is there a friend or family member I might want to share this with with whom this may resonate? If you're involved with organizing white people for racial justice, could you start a meeting with a song or poem, send out postcards with artwork? Just like we have in our creative process, we invite you to let your imagination run wild with how to put our art to work to help move white people in work against racism and into visions for collective liberation.
If you are a white artist or cultural worker who is either already engaged in anti-racism work or who wants to be, Sign up here with Showing Up for Racial Justice's white artists caucus to receive calls-to-action, resources for creation, and information about events and community gatherings. Click here for a public version of our Toolkit with guidance, prompts, resources and FAQ.
We believe white artists must do our part in creating culture that moves the hearts, minds, and bodies of our own people against white supremacy. And, we must amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists. In addition to exploring our site, we highly encourage you to follow and support BIPOC artists, spiritual leaders, and cultural workers in your community, including with your financial resources.
If you don't already know their work, some of the BIPOC creators and cultural movers and shakers that we love and learn deeply from are Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ricardo Levins Morales, Deen Rawlins-Harris, Raye Zaragoza, The Black Joy Experience, Joy Harjo, Toshi Reagon, Lauren Cunningham, Becca Khalil, koach baruch frazier, adrienne maree brown, Matthew Armstead, Rev. Sekou, Jumatatu Poe, Lela Aisha Jones, Rev. Rhetta Morgan, Sterling Duns, Sophie Sarkar, Randy Woodley, Joe Tolbert, Jr., Lily Mengesha, Rhiannon Giddens, The Black Trans Prayer Book, Aurora Levins Morales, Rachel Virginia Hester, Rev. Lynice Pinkard, Sonya Renee Taylor and Mama Ruby Sales.
Finally, a little more about us an our process. This site was started as a project of Showing Up for Racial Justice following a Call to Action and Creation for white artists in Summer 2020 led by Margaret Anne Ernst and Grace Aheron. Huge thank you to our small group facilitators in Summer 2020: Mattie Weiss, Lauren Plummer, Molly Costello, Kristen Snow, Claire Hitchens, Devon Sproule, Berkeley Carnine, Kristen Snow, and Karen Orrick, and to Kristen Snow for her extra help with the website launch. To get to know us a bit more, check out our live concert organized by our musicians in November 2020.
We're so glad you're here with us. Let's get free.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We especially appreciate feedback from and accountability to organizers and artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.